Gary Martin

Gary Martin

Lives in United States Montclair, CA, United States
Works as a Graphic Designer
Has a website at http://www.pixelstatic.com
Joined on Feb 18, 2005

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caravan: Fuji,makes many fine products but another zoom lens,please stop,and bring on the primes.

Fuji already has lots of primes; what they didn't have was a weather-sealed lens for the XT-1. Much like the Pentax equivalent, these lenses make sense as being super zooms because if you're in a bad weather environment you don't want to be changing lenses anyway. And the less-than-stellar optical performance at the edges is usually not a factor in the way these lenses are used. That's why the Pentax lens, although being criticized for its weak edge performance, is a popular and well-liked lens by its users who find it very useful. I suspect this new Fuji lens will be too.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 25, 2014 at 16:22 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1532 comments in total)
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Reality Check: "Note that in order to get maximal image quality out of the D810, we flipped the mirror up 3s prior to each exposure, and engaged electronic 1st curtain to eliminate any effects of the shutter opening on image sharpness."

Um yeah.. That may be fine and well for studio test scenes and landscapes, but how does that work for all the other types of photography - you know the other 90% of photography...

Seems something with lower mp would have greater benefit overall, unless test charts and shadowless landscapes are your thing..

Maybe there's something to be said for a camera you can use for 100% of your photography?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 30, 2014 at 20:56 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (625 comments in total)

Weird, this camera gets a 76% score (pretty good) but has a very low value score. I guess "value" doesn't weigh in as much here as it does in my life.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2014 at 01:07 UTC as 142nd comment
On What is equivalence and why should I care? article (2031 comments in total)

Mirrorless zealots versus full-frame zealots: FIGHT!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2014 at 19:41 UTC as 201st comment | 4 replies
On Sony drops list price of Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 article (201 comments in total)
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pedroboe100: I would still get a K5iiS and a Tamron superzoom lense and it would not cost that much. Don't care about video that much...

A DSLR only makes sense over something like this Sony if you're going to buy multiple lenses for it. If on the other hand you're looking for a single-lens solution, the Sony makes more sense. A super-zoom on a DSLR delivers (almost always) fairly mediocre image quality and the slow aperture offsets the advantage of the larger sensor. In fact, I bet the RX10 produces *better* IQ than a typical DSLR with a consumer super-zoom in most situations.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 22:27 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1532 comments in total)
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arhmatic: Call this off topic if you will, but can anyone speculate why can't nikon fit the guts of the d810 in a body the size if the nikon F2?

Nothing more, noting less, just the size of the F2... Not for the retro looks, just for the size and portability.

Why stop there: why can't they fit this into my phone? Perhaps the engineers are dealing with issues beyond the scope of your expertise?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 05:11 UTC
On Street photography tips with Zack Arias article (152 comments in total)

Nice commercial ;)

Direct link | Posted on May 24, 2014 at 17:15 UTC as 50th comment | 1 reply
On Hands on with the Pentax 645Z article (660 comments in total)
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Richard Murdey: "an order of magnitude more"

No, less than four times more.

Fun with numbers: "almost 400% more!"

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 03:40 UTC
On Pentax K-3 Review preview (489 comments in total)
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hydrospanner: In this section:

Pentax fanboys who've spent the last few months whining about no K-3 review switching over to whining about the K-3 review.

Jeez, for a bunch that wanted so badly to know what the folks at DPR thought of the thing, it really looks like you were only waiting to pick them apart and tell them why they're wrong for disagreeing with you.

For as much as the average Pentax evangelist seems to want to convert Canon & Nikon users, the way they've earned a reputation as the biggest whiners makes me never even want to give Pentax a try if it means I'll turn into that!

I'm slowly starting to figure out what I'll do if/when my D300 kicks the bucket and there's no D400...I was leaning K-3 for a while, but with the way the users seem to be compensating for something, I might rather go m43...they're bad, but they're not AS bad...

Yeah, I base my shopping decisions on the responses of forum posters too.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2014 at 19:29 UTC
On Pentax K-3 Review preview (489 comments in total)

A fair review. Now Ricoh needs to release a new generation of faster AF pro lenses to match a body of this quality.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2014 at 16:08 UTC as 176th comment | 2 replies
On Mockups emerge of new Olympus OM-D 'OM-G' article (334 comments in total)

Budget model: OMFG

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2014 at 16:37 UTC as 214th comment

Wot, not going to follow Nikon's lead and just release it as a new camera? They're missing out on another review from this website!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2014 at 20:00 UTC as 24th comment
On Pentax K-3 preview (961 comments in total)

I hope they release this exciting new camera soon!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 27, 2014 at 16:18 UTC as 76th comment | 4 replies
On Pentax K-3 preview (961 comments in total)
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arboreus: I'm eager to see Pentax DA Limited 15mm F4 @ K-3 vs Nokia Lumia 1020 comparison. As a Pentax shooter, I wonder if it makes sense to pay 590€ for a new wide angle glass, or get a smaller wide angle phone @ 480€, or just get a gopro @ 250€. That's the kind of decisions I make as a consumer. Too bad DP does little cross-class comparison (wide-angle vs wide angle, tele vs tele etc., lightweight kit vs lightweight kit, waterproof system vs waterproof system, max battery autonomy kit vs max battery autonomy kit). Comparing same-class specs (1000€ APS-C DSLR vs 1000€ APS-C DSLR, 500€ phone vs 500€ phone) is not so interesting.

To tell the truth, I no longer want to say WOW when I see downsized samples in new DSLR reviews, and pixel-peeping is not convincing enough.

I guess you don't care about dynamic range; it's very important to me.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 26, 2014 at 15:39 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Review preview (492 comments in total)
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Just a Photographer: Is it really as big as it looks like?

Not everyone needs a little camera, some of us like something with some heft and a good feel in the hands.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2014 at 17:54 UTC
On Chinese government orders Nikon to stop selling D600 article (228 comments in total)

"Highly Recommended!"

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2014 at 20:18 UTC as 89th comment
On Nikon D4s First Impressions Review preview (1047 comments in total)

This is a professional tool, usually attached to big, high-performance and expensive glass. Forum junkies, camera fetishists and gear collectors need not apply.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2014 at 17:38 UTC as 188th comment | 3 replies
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Juandante: I'm tired of those 18-55 mm f/3.5. I really don't see the point of these lense.
You put it in 18mm for prime, you are limited by the f/3.5.

You put it in 55mm for low DoF portrait, 55mm is too short for it.

I think this is a vicious stylé from those company just for us too buy more lense when we purchase a DSLR.

55mm is only for low depth-of-field portraits? Perhaps you should broaden your views on photography.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2014 at 23:37 UTC
On Ricoh announces HD Pentax DA AF 1.4X AW rear converter article (52 comments in total)
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offertonhatter: £380? Wow!

Actually, on certain Pentax Forums, that was the ballpark price for this (between £300 and £400). So in the end it seems to be spot on.

I will still get one, I have a funny feeling that it will be superb with my DA*300mm F4.

:-)

I bet 90% of people buying this will use it for the DA*300 and the DA*60-250, seems like an ideal match for them. And although not cheap, it helps make those lenses much more capable. A TC isn't that useful for shorter focal lengths except as a stop-gap measure, and an expensive one at that.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2014 at 23:43 UTC
On DxOMark recommends lenses for the Pentax K-3 article (28 comments in total)
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completelyrandomstuff: I was worried about all those tests when I was switching from olympus to Pentax and I found out it's better to look at user reviews.

Since the HG zuikos were supposed to be among the best, I was worried that any other system would be a step down. From my experience the better lenses from Pentax's line up are just as good, for my use at least, as HG zuikos (never used SHG though). They are definitely capable of producing good quality images.

Pentax lenses are designed to be compact, and the price is a higher-than-average amount of field curvature. The DA15 and DA21 are good examples of that. And field curvature isn't good for resolution tests. Fortunately, I don't find it as a big problem when shooting, since it's rare that my subjects lie in a flat field. But a landscape photographer looking for a sharp horizon on the edges of the frame should choose aperture and focus point with extra care.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2014 at 21:40 UTC
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